Germany braces for more storms and torrential rain

Germany braces for more storms and torrential rain
A car drives through a flooded street in Cologne on Wednesday. The German Weather Service (DWD) has warned of more floods in northern Germany. Photo: picture alliance/dpa/Photography Alex Forstreuter | Alexander Forstreuter
After two days of flooding and thunderstorms in southern and western Germany, the German Weather Service (DWD) has warned that intense rainstorms are set to strike northern and eastern Germany.

In a weather report on Wednesday morning, DWD said that the eastern and northern states of Berlin, Brandenburg, Schleswig-Holstein and Mecklenburg Western-Pomerania should brace themselves for heavy rainfall that could see up to 80mm of rainfall over the next twelve hours.

The intense showers were likely to hit northern Germany between midday on Wednesday and midnight on Thursday, they warned, adding that there was also a chance of thunder and lightening.

“Be prepared, and stay informed,” they added.

The news comes at the end of a month that’s been continually blighted by extreme weather, including both scorching heats and unusually heavy rainfall.

In its end-of-month weather report, DWD revealed that this June had been the third hottest since records began in 1881, with temperatures soaring up to 38c in the latter part of the month.

In addition, while the northeastern regions of Germany experienced droughts and forest fires, the south was hit by heavy rainfall, hail and flooding.

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“Particularly characteristic were the locally strong, sometimes extremely violent thunderstorms,” said DWD. “These led, often accompanied by heavy rain, large-grain hail and heavy squalls, to large amounts of precipitation, mainly in the south.”

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In the same month between 1991 and 2020, the average rainfall in Germany per square metre was 85 litres. This month, in constrast, saw 250 litres per square metre falling in parts of Bavaria, while Berlin experienced just 5 litres of rain per square metre, the DWD reported.

Baden-Württemburg and Bavaria blighted by violent storms 

On Monday evening, heavy thunderstorms had ripped through western and southern Germany, causing numerous floods and landslides and hundreds of calls to emergency services – particularly in the southwestern state of Baden-Württemburg.

In Stuttgart, an evening recital with 250 attendees had to be cut short as strips of iron cladding from the roof were torn off by the storm and water rushed into the building.

Meanwhile, the heavy rainwater lead flooding in tunnels and houses, and to numerous car accidents on the A3 and A85.

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In the Bavarian town of Landshut, which lies along the River Isar, residents posted pictures of roads that had turned into gushing ravines, with cars struggling to drive through the floods and road-signs floating down the street.

“The road signs are surfing in Landshut,” wrote Daniel Cremer.

The extreme weather isn’t just confined to Germany, however.

Last week, parts of the Czech Republic were hit by a devastating tornado in which at least three people were killed and many more were injured.

Meanwhile, the DWD has been reporting of a record-breaking and deadly heatwave in Canada, where temperatures have soared up to 49.5 degrees at the Lytton weather station near Vancouver.

This doesn’t only break national records, but is also the hottest temperature ever recorded at that latitude in the northern hemisphere, which the Canadian village of Lytton shares with the German city of Frankfurt.


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